Wake Up! Three Democratic Town Committee Primaries March 1

Two weeks before the Ides of March a bunch of Democrats will settle debts or scores, depending on perspective.

Three of 10 Democratic Town Committee Districts will host sleepy primaries for political control with the lowest of turnouts.

Democratic electors in each district may choose up to nine candidates among 18 candidates, top and bottom slates combined. The nine candidates with the most votes win.

Bridgeport’s DTC has 90 members spread over 10 districts that conduct party business, endorse candidates for public office and select officers. The enduring Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa will seek another two-year term.

The 131st District covers the South End, Downtown and portion of the West End. The top row slate includes former City Councilwoman Mary Bruce, retired police officer and 2015 mayoral candidate David Daniels, Gemeem Davis, leader of the citizen action group Bridgeport Generation Now and former school board member Kate Rivera who is listed under her legal name Mary Kathleen Rivera.

They are challenged by a slate featuring former City Councilwoman Denese Taylor-Moye, Mark Bush and Glenn Pettway.

The 135th District–Whiskey Hill and portion of the North End–is a battle between two city ministers, State Rep. Charlie Stallworth who has 2023 mayoral ambitions and City Councilwoman Mary McBride-Lee who couldn’t come to terms on avoiding a primary. Stallworth with more than 10 years in the State House, a tasty treat for a government pension, may opt out of another legislative term, setting his sights on a second mayoral run. He was in the mayoral field in 2019 before dropping out, money- and support-challenged.

The 137th District is another East Side battle royal between City Council President Aidee Nieves and City Clerk Lydia Martinez. Nieves and council partner Maria Valle are joined by last September’s primary opponents Rosa Franco and Elsie Mercado who’ve parted ways with Martinez. School board member Christine Baptiste-Perez is running on Martinez’s slate.

The district outcomes might have more votes via absentee ballots than walk-in votes, given low turnouts, weather and large senior citizen voter base.

131st District

135th District

137th District


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